Scoop Review of Books

Archive for May, 2008

Monkey Business

SRB Picks of the Week 30 May 2008
:By Jeremy Rose

In this week’s SRB Picks: Was Shakespeare an Italian Jewess? Janet Frame and the Marx Brothers, and; the Charleston Heston of the motorcar Jeremy Clarkson at Britain’s premier literary fest. Read more »

Jewish Baghdad: A City Lost

Farewell Babylon: Coming of Age in Jewish Baghdad By Naim Kattan
Souvenir Press, $50. Reviewed by LEON BENBARUK

Farewell Babylon is the translation from the original French book Adieu Babylone (1975) and tells of the writer’s journey through identity.
It’s a story about loss (leaving Baghdad) and discovery, about his Jewish friend Nessim in Baghdad and British colonial rule which sheds some light on today’s Iraq and the relationships between Arabs, Kurds, Bedouins, Assyrians, Armenians and Jews – and about Muslim domination by Sunnis and Shi-ites on the rest of society. Read more »

Writer Block Recomends The Net


By Sally Conor

American writer Stefan Merrill Block believes that technology and the internet are completely changing the way young novelists are writing and structuring their work.
Block, 26, who made a flying visit to Auckland this week, says a whole generation of writers have been influenced by the development of word processing and this has led to a watershed moment in the history of literature. Read more »

Fisk Confirmed for Chch Writers Fest


Robert Fisk is among the twenty international and forty New Zealand writers who will converge on the Christchurch Town Hall from 5 – 7 September for The Press Christchurch Writers’ Festival 2008, an event which continues to grow in size and significance in New Zealand’s cultural landscape. Read more »

Poem of the Week: Le Temps


Poem of the Week: Le Temps

From: Magnetic South By Sue Wootton

Steele Roberts, $25.

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